St. Albert sky-watchers were thrilled Monday morning by the sight of a bright white fireball blazing across the sky. Now, astronomers want their help to figure out where this fiery space rock may have landed.
People across Alberta saw a fireball streak across the sky at about 6:23 a.m. on Feb. 22.
Videos of the event posted on social media depicted a bright white ball of light that flashed across the early morning navy blue sky of St. Albert, leaving a brilliant trail behind it before it vanished.
Grandin resident and Uber driver Bob Hunter, 63, said he had a clear view of the phenomenon through the sunroof of his Cadillac as he was picking up a passenger in Jensen Lakes.
“I saw the buildings light up around me and as looked up I saw this streaking blue light change to green, change to yellow, and then explode,” he said.
“You could see the colours shift and change on the stucco walls and the garage door of the house I was around. It was that bright.”
Hunter said the fireball appeared to be about 45 degrees above the horizon and travelled about 10 miles east before it exploded like a stick of dynamite. The whole event was over in less than two seconds.
Hunter said he was “a little flabbergasted” by the event and tried to alert his passenger to the sight. (She missed it as she was watching her steps for ice.)
Writing on the Grandin St. Albert Residents Facebook page, Jordan Atkins said he was on his way to his car Monday…